DRY SEASON by DAN SMITH shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award 2011

It’s all in the title of the post.

I heard yesterday that Dry Season is one of six novels shortlisted for The Authors’ Club ‘Best First Novel Award’. It is, of course, fantastic news. Dry Season has yet to reach a large audience, but it’s news like this that reassures me the book is a good read, and it might help to let people know that it’s out there, watiting for them to pick it up.

It’s a very strong list of novels which includes Witness the Night by Kishwar Desai (winner of the Costa prize for Best First Novel 2010), Farundell by L R Fredericks, Grace Williams Says It Loud by Emma Henderson (Orange New Writers Book of the Month, Shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011,  and longlisted for The Orange Prize) , London Tryptych by Jonathan Kemp, and The Still Point by Amy Sackville (winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys prize).


I had to read the announcement a few times to make sure they’d got it right. Yep. Dry Season by Dan Smith. It’s on there.

Well, I’m extremely proud that a little ole book about a damaged priest coping with guilt and violence in an isolated Brazilian backwater made it onto the shortlist – and if it raises the book’s profile and garners a few more readers I’ll be a happy man.

Incidentally, if you haven’t read it yet, it’s available in paperback at all good book stores (as they say) as well as in the Kindle and ibook stores.


5 thoughts on “DRY SEASON by DAN SMITH shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award 2011

  1. Hi Dan, I just congratulated you on Twitter but thought I’d reiterate here. You must be absolutely over the moon. I’m sure Liv and Claire at New Writing North will be too. My fingers are crossed for you. Mari xx

    • Hi Mari, thanks for the congratulations. You’re right, it’s very exciting news. The competition looks pretty stiff, but it’s fantastic to be shortlisted. In this day and age, we need everything we can get to raise the profile of our writing.

      Also – it’s good to see another voice on here. I sometimes think I’m alone, in a dark tunnel, writing these blog posts just for me! Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

  2. Congratulations Dan, and thoroughly deserved. You shouldn’t be so surprised to receive this sort of validation — it’s a cracking read! I’ve read many books since Dry Season and it is definitely a story that stays with me longer and clearer, even more so than the average Booker shortlist titles!

  3. Pingback: Best First Novel Award – Aw shucks. « Dansmithsbooks

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